Instructions for Sewing Block

© Luxury of Labour 2009: Not for Commercial Use

© Luxury of Labour 2009: Not for Commercial Use

Stage 1: Cut out fabric by first cutting one side (if you are joining at center back  seam) from card block, flip block on fold line to cut out other side

Stage 2: Overlock if required, decide at this stage whether to line and then french seam centre back

Stage 3: Pin & chalk stitch line (apart from if you are making cape)

Stage 4: Decide on sleeve pattern and cut out; overlocking shoulder and cuff

Stage 5: Insert sleeve

Stage 6: Double turn edge of hem or bag out lining

Stage 7: Sew in stitch line on right side of fabric i.e. wrong sides together

Notes:

  • Press between all stages to ensure a neat finish
  • If you require a longer dress i.e. below the knee add 3″ to the length (medium block)
  • The belt will require fusible for rigidity for obi style sash belt. The majority of dresses will need to be lined or half lined to give a neater finish at the armholes.
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